Dec 25, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls shooting guard Kirk Hinrich (12) reacts after committing a personal foul against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter at the United Center. (Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

Kirk Hinrich Out About a Week with Elbow Injury

Kirk Hinrich missed his second straight game for the first time this season with a right elbow injury. Yesterday, Hinrich flew back to Chicago to have his elbow examined by team physician Dr. Brian Cole.

In early January, Hinrich burst the bursa sac in his right elbow while diving for a loose ball. As a result of that, he missed a game with a possible infection. It is now known that it became swollen and needed to be “cleaned up.”

“It’s probably going to be about a week or so,” head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “They cleaned it up; he needs a little bit of time for it to heal up … It was just swollen. It was in a tough place because he kept breaking it open. He’s on the floor all the time so they just had to go in there and clean it up a little bit.”

This will be the most time missed by Hinrich, despite suffering several minor injuries throughout the course of the season.

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